Certified Lay Speakers (Pulpit Supply)

Lay Servants interested in preaching opportunities outside of their local congregation may pursue additional certification as Lay Speakers. A Lay Speaker is specifically called for ministry of pulpit supply and serve in the following ways:

  • Serves in preaching the Word as requested by the pastor, District Superintendent, or Committee on Lay Servant Ministries
  • May serve in many different areas as a Lay Servant

Required Courses*

  • Lay Servant Requirements + 6 course
    • Basic Course
    • Spiritual Gifts
    • Deeper into the Bible
    • Preaching
    • Leading Worship
    • Leading Public Prayer
    • United Methodist Heritage
    • United Methodist Polity

*The CA-NV Annual Conference may add other classes to respond to specific missional contexts.

Other Requirements

Requirements for Recertification

LSM Certification Requirements Handout

Other links:

Course Schedule

Lay Servant Ministries Homepage

Lay Servant Track

Lay Minister Track

Dr. Mary Cheng
Director of Leadership Development
(916) 374-1527

Amanda Garcia
Leadership and Congregational Development
(916) 374-1526